A family with two adults and five children sit on the front entry steps of a home.

Photo Essay

Explore 50 years of HUD through photos that document the evolution of the department’s efforts to improve people and places.

Front cover of HUD at 50: Creating Pathways to Opportunity.

The 50th Anniversary Book

Read expert articles on HUD’s history, impact on housing finance and community development issues, and future challenges.

Robert C. Weaver, the first Secretary of HUD, speaks at a podium in front of the HUD building.

50 Years of HUD

View a presentation on key programs, policies, and personalities that have shaped HUD into the "Department of Opportunity."

Image of a row of townhomes with varied facades.

Related Publications

Read additional essays that take a historical perspective on a range of topics of enduring interest to HUD.